7th Aug 2008, 15:35

We also purchased a used 2003 Volvo XC90 a year ago, and things immediately began to go wrong, but now at a little over the 100,000 mark the transmission has gone out and the Volvo dealer is quoting a price of $7,000.00 to repair so it is currently sitting on their lot. A class actions sounds great, we definitely can't afford the repairs that seems to be a result of manufacturers error. Where do we start?

17th Sep 2008, 11:57

We purchased a 2004 Volvo XC90, and after a half year, we have some problems with transmission. Now, we have the car since 2004 and have the third transmission inside.

Do you have start some class actions? I'm very angry about the manufacturer and their approach with their customers.

7th Oct 2008, 20:03

I have been considering a XC90 with 37000 miles but, since I have read your comments about the Volvo, transmission I am very worried. The sales men tell me to worry because it was only in the 03, 04, 05 models. I also called the warranty department and they said that at 100,000 miles, I should sell.

8th Jan 2009, 13:28


I just took my 2004 Volvo XC90 into the dealership because of the "Transmission Service Required" light. They called today and told me that it was going to run $4,400. They also told me that other things would eventually need to be addressed. As a single mom of 2 children, I wanted to cry. I just purchased this car 6 months ago. After doing more research on-line, I noticed that numerous people have the same problem. I called and spoke with Helen at Volvo. She told me that they have had numerous problems with the transmission. She was going to call the dealer and see if they couldn't take care of the costs. I haven't heard back from her, but wanted to let you know. Hopefully, I will hear good news.

26th May 2009, 12:25

I see a lot of people have problems with their XC90 transmission. I am on of them. How can we go about starting a lawsuit to hold them responsible for such a major defect? I have really had it with my XC90 and the expensive repair costs.

5th Jul 2009, 14:23

We purchased a used Volvo XC 90 and immediately began having issues. we have owned a Ford Expedition and put over 225000 miles on it without the first major problem. This Volvo has had Noises, Air Conditioning issues and transmission had to be replaced to the tune of $4000. Only got it for 4 because a friend who is an ASE Master Technician did the work for me. My wife is in tears because she feels stuck in the vehicle after having to borrow another 4 grand to fix the transmission. I called Volvo and was not happy with their response. I wish someone would institute a lawsuit. I would gladly participate.

25th Aug 2009, 11:10

I purchased a 2004 Volvo XC90 about two years ago. The vehicle as been in and out of the shop approximately eight times. I had a new transmission put in about two months ago. ($6500.00) Now the air conditioner has gone out. I'm feed up with this car. The trade-in and resale value is way below the national average.

3rd Sep 2009, 00:17

Today my wife's 2004 XC90 was towed to the dealership for the Urgent Transmission service light. The car was towed because the last two times I got the light I had to have the transmission replaced. We our on our third transmission and only have 103,000 miles on the vehicle. I have owned four other Volvos and they have been great cars, but this one takes the cake.

14th Oct 2009, 17:54

I bought a brand new Volvo XC90 on April 2004. The transmission went out on January 2007 after only 35,000 miles. Luckily it was still under warranty. A few months ago a strong gasoline odor began to surround the car. It permeate into the cabin. The smell was so strong I had to park it outside the garage. After taking it to the dealer, I was told the fuel pump would have to be replaced at a tune of $1,100. Also, I've had problems with the air conditioning (smells bad), the brakes, engine oil leaks, premature tire ware.

All of these on a car with only 60,000 miles.

The gas problem is a serious safety issue. My family and I are subjected to gas fumes every time we ride the car. Volvo should seriously look into this problem before the lawsuits begin to pile up. For a $48,000 car you'd expect above-average quality, safety and resale value. We've got none of that with this car.

It is a shame, given Volvo's reputation as safe reliable cars, that they are turning a deaf ear on a problem that could potentially bring their company down.

15th Oct 2009, 16:46

Volvo USED to be that way. Then Ford bought them out and inevitably ruined their good name by putting sub-par quality parts into Volvo vehicles. Ford will be the demise of Volvo. Not Volvo itself.

4th Dec 2009, 19:37

I bought a 2004 Volvo XC90 two months ago from a certified Volvo dealer. It has 87K on it. Within 3 weeks, it developed a constant "knocking" noise. The dealership repacked the drive shaft joints with grease. Knocking gone, but I've been told it's a temporary fix. This morning, the "Transmission Service Urgent" message was displayed. It will be diagnosed in a few days. Given what I've seen here, I hope I'm not in for bigger trouble. Did the idea of a class action suit go anywhere?

5th May 2010, 19:21

I own one of these cars. It thought it was great. I noticed the chip drastically reduces the power. The transmission went out at 85,000 so we decided to do a transmission transplant. With the stronger, lighter transmission and the power limiter chip removed, the car was truly amazing. I recommend doing this (and at a price of $3500 less expensive than two transmissions). Oh, and I used the Allison transmission out of a Chevy 2500HD. Don't blame Volvo, blame Ford.

18th Aug 2010, 17:53

I have not stopped repairing this car since I got it with only 48,000 miles on it. I have had rotors, brakes, tyrod, ball joints, new tires entire 8k transmission replacement, cracked power steering line, struts, multiple warning lights for upgrades, service, skid control service needed and bulbs non-stop, not to mention the leak that filled the driver side floor with water until we figured out the problem and had fixed.

When Volvo actually paid for the transmission a part in the car had to be cut to get it out. They made me pay for the part they cut to replace the defective transmission.

This is my second Volvo and I am truly not sure I would ever want to own one again. I will try to find a car with good safety ratings and walk away from this car maker. What a shame since customers are looking for safety & reliability.

9th Sep 2010, 11:40

I cannot afford $6000. My transmission started making noise at about 66K miles and is getting worse. Now at 105K, it does not shift gears sometimes, and is making a lot of noise.

10th Sep 2010, 20:11

Call your local Volvo dealer, and tell then you know about all the problems with that models transmission. Be nice. I just got my replaced for free, saved me 6000.00. Good luck.